iLiVeInAbOx05 wrote: Avonu wrote:
You have to admit that without Heart of Swarm and Legacy of Void it's hard to name Starcraft 2 as "complete". All these three episodes
tell one story. These aren't expansion, like Brood War for example, they are part of one game.
It' cleaver move from Blizzard marketing departament but that doesn't change fact, that you have to pay 140$ for full game.
As for the rest, you have right.
I agree with you as far as the story is concerned
I also agree that it was good marketing by Blizzard. I would have bought LotV on day one, just like I did the rest, but I'm so back logged with my current gameset + H4 campaign that I decided to wait for it to go on sale
As far as gameplay and multiplayer, the game is complete. The number of missions also matches that of sc1 (30). I kind of like a longer story for each of the races, but that is, of course, my opinion
The Blizzard people are both good at marketing, and good at providing the quality that justifies their marketing. that's why customers don't feel short changed.
Each instalment has LESS than the original 30 starcraft missions, and you can't even play them all because of the alternate missions that are mutually exclusive. In addition, each instalment already costs substantially more than the original Starcraft.
All in all I consider Starcraft an expensive game like what LiveinABox05 said. It is absolutely not a 'good deal'. It is only a 'fair deal' since you really do get quality.
For those people who say that we can't compare Legacy of the Void with Heroes VII since Starcraft 2 came out years ago, let me remind you that when Starcraft Wings of Liberty came out, it had no technical problems or game breaking bugs. It had less problems on Day 1 of release, than Heroes VI had after 6 months. People installed it quickly, it ran smoothly on older computers, it didn't hang, your missions didn't have bugs that forced you to wait for a patch, etc. I never ever figured out what patches were for because I never had complaints. Total number of times that Starcraft 2 hung my computer in several years of gaming, was probably 5 times. I never lost any settings or savegames because all patches were thoroughly tested. You never had to make obvious complaints, such as static animation cutscenes, washed out graphics, etc. because the Blizzard team really wanted to produce a game that they themselves enjoyed playing, rather than just fulfill the minimum contractual requirements for a company they didn't care about.
Is Heroes VIII (Eight) worth $140? If God or some all powerful divinity could reassure me that I would enjoy it as much as I did H3 or H4, and guarantee me that it would not hang my computer more than 5 times in 5 years, I would pay $140 for Heroes VIII. I'm at the age where it is much more worth it to pay big money for quality in order to spend quality time, than to pay $1 for 140 Steam games on discount that have middling quality. I have family. I have other priorities. Paying $1 for a game not worth my time only means that I get less than my money's worth by suffering opportunity cost when I waste time gaming.
Right now I've heard someone say that H7 is on sale for half price. If game was 99% complete I don't mind buying and waiting for the final perfect patches in a few months. But I don't want to give Ubisoft money right now for a 90% complete game. For those who have kids, I'm sure you understand the logic never to bribe your kid with french fries so that he can finish his vegetables. He must always finish his veggies 99% before you let a single fry near his plate.